Scott Joplin’s A Breeze From Alabama

Of all the rags I’ve played of Joplin’s, A Breeze From Alabama is the hardest and hippest.

If the novelty of ragtime still exists today, it’s in the first three measures; I lose the beat every time I hear it!

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It has some pretty difficult octave passages:

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Where most of Joplin’s rags cover one, or sometimes two neighboring keys, A Breeze From Alabama starts in C major, modulates suddenly to Ab major, has a short section in B major, a transition to F major and then ends back in C major. That’s pretty “outside the box” for Joplin!

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The transitions are pretty hip too:

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I love this rag; check it out!

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